Real Wedding: Janelle & Leon - September 5, 2009

As an Orlando event planner, we are truly blessed to work with brides and grooms that want unique, memorable yet personal weddings. Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. prides itself in celebrating each clients individuality as we plan their events. Janelle and Leon came to us in January wanting to plan a special wedding where each of their guests would experience a wedding unlike any they had been to before. Janelle & Leon were a fun-loving couple and their spirit was infectious. I knew this was going to be a great experience, especially because both are graduates of my alma mater, Florida A&M University (FAMU).

Janelle allowed our event team to be creative and she wanted us to tastefully push the envelope. From the linens(which were a part of BBJ Linen's latest collection) , the florals and design elements that Tommy Murphy of Greenery Productions suggested, to creating custom stationery; no detail was overlooked. The groom was involved in designing the cake and certain aspects of their stationery. Janelle and Leon took the bull by the horns and we literally had all of her vendors booked/confirmed within the first two weeks of the planning process. With the bride and groom having demanding schedules, time was a precious commodity to them. They trusted our recommendations for some of the premiere vendors in the central Florida area.

The couple fell in love with the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate and loved the fact that it had all of the amenities to accommodate all of their traveling guests. The majority Janelle's guests were coming from the Virginia/D.C. area and the Carolinas. Janelle knew that all of them would make a vacation out of the trip and Labor Day weekend would prove to be the best time for the wedding to take place.

Carrie (Carrie Wildes Photography) and Arami (Elegante Films) were able to capture many of the beautiful moments from the day. Here are a few Sneak Peek Images from Carrie's blog and the Wedding DVD Trailer created by Arami:

The video below is the trailer the bride and groom were able to send their loved ones to preview the event.

Omni Resort Champions Gate Wedding Trailer Video Florida from Elegante Films, Inc. on Vimeo.

The Event Team that pulled the day together:
Event Coordination
: Joie de Vie Weddings and Events - c'est moi! Seriously, I am nothing without my team. The ladies that assisted with this wedding were phenomenal.

Venue: Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate Jennifer Smith is the go to girl for weddings at the Omni. Professional, on task and willing to make the day unique to the client. Her staff is amazing!

Florals, Decor and Chairs: Greenery Productions. Tommy and his team truly brought the couples vision to life. His attention to detail is truly incomparable.

Videography: Elegante Films Arami and Veronica have shown us over and over again that the wedding video should always be exciting to look at. The engagement video and sneek peek have set the tone for what is to come.
Photography: Carrie Wildes Photography Carrie and Silence (yes, that is her assistant shooters name!) were awesome. Carrie has worked with the couple since February and from their engagement session we knew that the photos would be stellar.

Entertainment: DJ Carl is in the building! If you attended FAMU, you know what's up when it comes to party music. A Rattler is a hard person to please when it comes to music. Naturally he was the best DJ for this couple. He brought his "A Game", as usual.

Furniture: Room Service Sarah and Lindsay took care of Janelle. The furniture brought the club atmosphere into the room and it was chic, elegant and snazzy (just like Janelle!).

Lighting: Tagas Events Bryan was given the challenge of finding that perfect shade of purple for Janelle. He found it and the lighting truly finished the room. Aside form the lighting Taga Events also provided us with our AV needs and our GOBO. They were able to take GOBO we designed and frame the sweetheart table in the room.
Linen: BBJ Linen Tommy worked closely with BBJ to help us select the best linen for the room. Black, White, Gold and Eggplant never looked better. The ladies from BBJ were fabulous especially when we had to make the "Rain Call" and put plan "B" in effect.

Cake: Party Flavors The photo of the cake speaks for itself. Richard and Priscilla worked with Leon and Janelle in designing a cake that would be a 'show stopper'. Was it not a showstopper? There was not a slice left.

Make up: Lena G Creative Designs Lena (aka the celebrity make-up artist) is a true GEM. From the make-up trial to execution, she made sure that Janelle was the glam Diva that she is known to be.

Hair: Shades by Rint "Rint" as the industry affectionately calls her, is the go-to-girl for all things hair. She gave each girl a unique look while sticking to a complimentary style for the entire wedding party.

I spoke with the parents, the bride and the groom we truly exceeded their expectations. The bar was set high and we surpassed the standard. I have to again thank the vendor team, each of the vendors above truly contributed to the events success and to me are some of the best if not the best you can have bringing your day together. I also have to give a special thank you to my assistants and the apprentices that worked with me on the day of the wedding. These ladies helped make the day absolutely the best.

Until Next Time,


CarrieWildes said…
Kerline, what a beautiful wedding you certainly made it Janelle's dream day and I am so glad I got to be a part of it!!
Anonymous said…
Beautiful, and what an exceptional cake!

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